Authors’ Club Best First Novel 2014: The Shortlist
29th Apr 2014
The Club’s annual award for Best First Novel showcased a longlist with a really broad collection of debuts, including post-punk singer-cum-Vampire Queen, Rosie Garland and FBS favourite, Beatrice Hitchman for Petite Mort.
Hooray for gender parity!Last night, the nominated twelve were whittled down to a beautifully balanced six, with three women authors and three men. Hooray for gender parity!
Lucy Cruickshanks makes the shortlist for The Trader of Saigon, set in the ruthless world of post-civil war Vietnam, where the lives of a failing businessman, an impoverished girl from Hanoi and a trader of women collide.
Inaugural winner of the Goldsmiths Prize and general nominee-extraordinaire, Eimear McBride finds herself on another shortlist with form-bending novel, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing.
They are both joined by Anthea Nicholson, whose debut, The Banner of the Passing Clouds is narrated by Iosif Dzhugashvili, who believes that Stalin, recently deceased, has taken up residency in his body.
Chair of the judges, Suzi Feay promised that the six finalists, chosen by a panel of Club members, offered “Fiendish twists, harrowing ordeals, troubled upbringings, tough choices, heartlifting epiphanies and irrepressible humour”.
The winner of this year’s prize will be announced on 3rd June, but in the meantime, tell us what you think of the nominees in the comments below.